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Georgia Disaster relief in Katrina cleanup reaches milestone


The past couple of months have been busy for Georgia Disaster Relief Coordinator Jim Richardson.

Multiple hurricane strikes have led to an unprecedented cry for help. As one piece of evidence to the answer to that cry, an anonymous GBC disaster relief volunteer recently prepared the group’s one millionth meal for a Katrina victim.

Richardson said witnessing opportunities have manifested in numerous ways.

In response to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, First Chinese Baptist Church of Atlanta held its first car wash and bake sale on Sept. 25. The event netted about $1,200 in addition to about $5,000 that had been received through special offerings earlier in the month, said pastor James Wong. The congregation, which relocated from Duluth two years ago, has a Web site at

“As our volunteers have shared their personal witness, many people have come to know our Lord Jesus as Savior,” he commented. “Those coming to know Him include hurricane victims as well as other disaster relief workers in the affected areas.”

Currently, Southern Baptist workers have set a new record in preparing more than 10.5 million meals to those in stricken areas. The previous record of 3.5 million meals was set in 2004.

In addition to providing more than one million of those meals, Georgia disaster relief workers cleared storm debris from 853 homes, provided tarps for more than 2,000 homes and childcare for more than 1,200 children.

The cleanup effort resulted in every state disaster relief unit being called to the field at the same time. Not since responding to Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in 1992 had such a response been warranted.

On Oct. 29 the feeding unit in Bay St. Louis closed. Cleanup and recovery operations in the city will continue from First Baptist Church.